Uganda Rugby men’s 7s team captain James Odong has meandered off in Monaco, France where the team had gone to participate in the Repechage tournament.
The rugby sevens team were set to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Repechage tournament in Monaco between 18 – 20 June 2021 before being withdrawn from the contest after reporting several positive COVID-19 cases in the camp.
The team travelled to Monaco on June 12 but registered a Positive COVID-19 case on arrival and was placed in isolation.
The Rugby sevens were then withdrawn from the tournament after another person tested positive, a decision informed by a tournament manual and in the interest of public health.
“It has been brought to the attention of Uganda Rugby Union executive committee that one of the players, James Odong, has been missing from the hotel room where they had been placed for isolation as a measure to control the spread of COVID-19,” read part of the statement from Uganda Rugby Union (URU) on Friday.
“James travelled on 16 June 2021 and on arrival, they had to undergo a compulsory isolation in the designated tournament hotel. On completion of self isolation on Saturday 19th, they were to undergo another COVID-19 test at a venue outside the hotel.”
“Odong James did not turn-up for the test and when the team members returned to the hotel, he was not in his room or hotel complex. This incident was brought to the attention of the team manager who immediately informed the tournament organizers.”
ChimpSport understands that Odong is in possession of all his valid travel documents with a valid Visa which expires on 26 June.
It should be noted that the national rugby team has faced a similar incidents in the past.
After the 2014 Commonwealth Games, two players went missing in Glasgow, Scotland.
In 2017, three national team players including Ramathan Govule, Brian Kikaawa and Fred Odur went AWOL after the three-day Oktoberfest Sevens in Germany where the Rugby Cranes finished 10th.
URU has henceforth handed over the matter to relevant security agencies in Monaco and promised to cooperate with the tournament organizers, the French embassy, National Council of Sports and any other authority to assist with the conclusion of the matter.